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May 12, 2016

Shrewsbury company to pay $181K to resolve violations


The Worcester Sand and Gravel Company has agreed to pay $181,200 for multiple violations related to its garage at the Shrewsbury Trap Rock mine site.

The settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, covers multiple violations dating from 2013 and 2015.

The first violation dates back to 2013 and centers around a maintenance garage with “serious structural defects including fallen timbers, roof holes and rotten and deteriorated roof timbers and floor supports,” according to a U.S. Department of Labor release. Additional violations in 2013 and 2015 centered around safety issues and failures to deal with long-standing safety issues.

The final settlement is for all violations by the company and is the largest penalty amount paid by any mine operator in New England in the last decade, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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